Recap of the Sixth Annual State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit

by Tara Moradian  |   |  Strategy  |  0 comments

1 min to read ✭ In this post, we are sharing the key insights and takeaways we learned at the Nonprofit Institute's Sixth Annual State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit.

This past Friday, Community Boost was lucky enough to sponsor the Nonprofit Institute’s State of Nonprofit and Philanthropy Summit at USD. This was the Nonprofit Institute’s sixth annual summit, where thought-leaders and change-makers gathered in a space to discuss the economic health of the nonprofit sector, the current state of philanthropy, and how nonprofit leaders can guide the catalyst for change. We want to share with you some key insights!


Highlights From the State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit

Dr. Gail F. Baker, Vice Principal and Provost at the University of San Diego, kicked off the event with an overview of the imperative role nonprofits play in creating and maintaining effective change. Nonprofit organizations are focusing on problems within our society that deserve to be heard and need to be changed. They are vital to giving a voice to important issues across the board.

The Libby Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership was awarded to Nancy Jamison of San Diego Grantmakers. Congratulations, Nancy!

Dr. Emily Young, Executive Director at The Nonprofit Institute and Dr. Laura Deitrick, Associate Director at The Nonprofit Institute and Professor of Practice at the Department of Leadership Studies, released the State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy report. They reviewed the current statistics and trends of within the nonprofit sector throughout the Greater San Diego Area.

Keynote speaker, Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, spoke eloquently on “Leading with Compassion and Courage in Divided Times.” The Rt. Rev’s inspiring talk encouraged emerging thought-leaders to come together amidst estranged times. She emphasized that it is up to nonprofits and leaders to tell the stories people don’t want to hear, that it is up to the people with thick skin and tender hearts to pioneer change.

Dr. Emily Young moderated a panel surrounding the keynote topic that Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori spoke on: “Leading with Compassion and Courage in Divided Times.” On the panel was Carmen Chavez, Executive Director at Casa Cornelia Law Center, Michael Connolly Miskwish, Resource Economist and Kumeyaay Historian, Micah Parzen, CEO at San Diego Museum of Man, and Ramla Said, Founder and Executive Director at Partnership for the Advancements of New Americans (PANA). The panel offered powerful insight to various topics like the advice you would give your twenty-year-old self, on being politically correct, and on engaging with uncomfortable issues, to name a few.


The Numbers

Household Volunteering and Giving

37% of San Diego area households volunteered with local nonprofits

50% of Households made monetary donations to nonprofits

27 Average quarterly hours volunteered by San Diego households

$352 Average quarterly gift


Public Confidence and Leadership

86% Public is Confident in Nonprofits

69% Public is Confident in For-Profits

53% Public is Confident in the Government


Sector at a Glance: CA vs. San Diego

133,521 Registered 501(c)(3) Public Charities

11,234 Nonprofits in San Diego County

8.4% of CA Residents reside in SD County

8.4% of CA Nonprofits are located in SD County

2.97 Nonprofits per 100 San Diego County Residents

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